Breakfast in Barcelona

While breakfast in many countries is largely based on savoury items, such as buttered toast, a bacon sandwich, or a bran-based cereal, things are a little different in Spain. In fact, Spanish breakfasts are an interesting mix of sweet and savoury, with offerings such as Spanish omelettes and sugar-coated churros. When you’re on holiday in Barcelona you’ll have a great opportunity to try out these yummy local foods.

Churros.

What to Eat

Although Spain, France, and Italy are three very distinct countries, cultural influences naturally spill over, and this is especially true when it comes to breakfast. While charcuterie is believed to have originated in France and Italy, it is today a very important part of a Spanish breakfast or brunch. You’ll also notice a rise in the number of American-style breakfasts on offer across the city, with modern establishments making a name for themselves as great places for waffles, crepes, and eggs Benedict.

When to Eat

Don’t be tempted to leave your Barcelona villa too early in the morning. Many locals will have a quick breakfast at home before a ‘proper’ breakfast at around 10am. Lunch may not be until 3 or 4pm, with dinner happening from 9pm. If you’re tired from the night before, you’ll be pleased to know that a Spanish breakfast usually includes a strong café con leche!

Cafe con leche.

Where to Eat

If there’s one thing that Barcelona isn’t short of, it’s places to eat! There are lots of great breakfast and brunch places all across the city. However, don’t feel like you need to venture out for breakfast every morning during your Barcelona vacation. If you’ve booked a villa in Barcelona with a kitchen, you could always pop to the local market and pick up some fresh, local produce to whip up your own Spanish breakfast!


Barcelona: Beyond the border

Taking a Barcelona holiday provides you with both the beach and the mountains on your doorstep, as well as numerous opportunities to discover the city’s historic architecture. While it’s easy to be blinded by the beauty of Barcelona, it’s important not to overlook some of the spectacular places that are located just outside of Barcelona’s border, such as the following.

Villa Torrelles de Llobregat.

Agrari Park

Situated just south of Barcelona’s Llobregat district, Agrari Park is often referred to as ‘Barcelona’s backyard’. A historic agricultural area, there is an extensive agro-ecosystem here with all sorts of plants, crops, and wildlife. Tours to the park have recently been introduced in an effort to encourage more people to eat fresh and highlight ecotourism in Spain. If you’ve ever eaten artichoke when you’ve been on holiday in Spain, chances are it came from the Agrari Park region!

Rubi

The little town of Rubi lies about 9 miles north of Barcelona and makes for an excellent day trip from your Barcelona accommodation. Rubi is a real blend of old and new with historic Roman ruins mixed with more modern architecture, built following the flood of 1962. One of the biggest attractions here is the town museum, located inside an old converted farmhouse. The museum tells stories of the town’s history and offers an extensive open space for exhibitions and concerts.

Badalona.

Badalona

The coastal city of Badalona is very close to Barcelona and is home to old Roman baths, a historic 19th-century theatre, neoclassical churches, great shopping streets, and golden beaches.


Dine with the stars at Barcelona’s Fabra Observatory

If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic getaway with a loved one, why not consider a holiday in Barcelona? They may say that Paris is the ‘City of Love’, but Barcelona is the ‘Capital of Romance’, and it has fast become a favourite holiday destination for lovers from across the globe.

There are plenty of romantic options in and around Barcelona for a night out for two. First, opt for booking a villa with private pool in Spain for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, followed by a dinner underneath the stars at one of the city’s most romantic restaurants.

 

 

Dinner With Stars’ (or Sternalia) isn’t a restaurant, it’s an experience. Taking place in the summer months, availability is limited as couples from all over the world flock to Barcelona to enjoy this unique outing that includes fine dining with a view of the solar system. While cooking up a romantic dinner at your Barcelona villa is certainly a wonderful option, nothing quite beats the incredible experience of Dinner With Stars.

The Dinner With Stars experience takes place at the Fabra Observatory. Built in 1904, it is one of the world’s oldest working observatories, and the 32P/Comas Solà comet was actually discovered here. Located on Mount Tibidabo, the observatory is easy to reach from most Barcelona accommodations.

Fabra Observatory

All dishes at the Fabra Observatory are themed and take on galaxy-related names. Some of the top choices include the ‘Star Nebula’ salmon, and the ‘Textures in Cosmos’ beef tenderloin. If you’ve booked a family villa in Barcelona and have brought the little ones with you on your romantic getaway, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also a great children’s menu here, with macaroni, French fries, and ice cream! Whether you have the kids in tow or it’s just you and your beloved, the experience is an unforgettable way to celebrate your love.

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Barcelona: Catalonia’s ‘Smart City’

Catalonia may appear to be a very quiet and historic part of the world ― and it is! ― but it also is one of the most technologically advanced hubs in Europe and is considered to be one of the world’s only ‘smart cities’. Along with destinations such as Amsterdam, Madrid, Manchester, and Stockholm, Barcelona is changing the way we live, work, and take holidays.

Image from barcinno.com.

What is a Smart City?

A smart city is a city that makes use of digital technology to improve everyday life for both residents and visitors. At some locations in Barcelona, for example, you may notice that live traffic data is transmitted to road signs to provide drivers with up-to-date, real-time information to help them determine the most efficient route. Another example is in in Stockholm where snow clearance data can be transmitted.

Smart Barcelona

How can technology help visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday in Barcelona? The city’s ‘smart’ street lamps that illuminate when the sun goes down help improve safety in the city at night, and urban development programmes help make cities like Barcelona a great place to explore and discover.

View from Parc Guell.

Barcelona is home to an impressive fibre network which allows for excellent internet connectivity for residents and visitors, especially in the city. Many villas in Barcelona are able to offer their guests a fast and reliable internet service, although some properties in the rural parts of the region are still working to make the connection as efficient as that in the city, and have made tremendous strides in recent years.

Old & New

Catalonia is a fascinating mix of old and new, combining tradition with the latest technological advancements. This makes it one of the most interesting places to take a holiday in Spain, and allows you to enjoy a touch of history and culture while staying in a very modern and contemporary environment.


Best ways to spend your time on the Costa Brava

Once you have booked your Costa Brava vacation villa and are preparing your visit to this Catalan region just north of Barcelona, here are a few fun activities throughout the region that you may want to consider adding to your adventure-packed agenda during your holiday in Spain!

Cap de Creus National Park

Cap de Creus National Park offers gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea along with unique rock formations, heaps of walking and hiking trails, and a lighthouse that also houses a restaurant.

Cap de Creus National Park.

Cami de Ronda

This long stretch of hiking trails has incredible geological formations and plenty of plants and wildlife to enjoy. Relax by the emerald-green waters after a long hike, or take a boat out into the sea and admire the coastline from afar.

Jardi Botanic Marimurtra.

Jardi Botanic Marimurtra

A beautiful botanical garden awaits at Jardi Botanic Marimurtra. It is located on top of a cliff that overlooks gorgeous Mediterranean Sea views. The garden itself contains more than 4,000 plant types and is the creation of Carl Faust from Germany. You can also admire the beautiful Mediterranean architectural styles of the buildings around the garden, and the azure waters down below.

Playas de Calella

Looking for a nice, relaxing day at the beach? Check out Playas de Calella! The sand is warm and inviting, the waters are a beautiful blue, and a nearby village provides food and entertainment.

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